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Tracking A Puget Sound Orca To Northern California

Jan. 15, 2013 | AP
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  • Scientists are using satellite technology to track Puget Sound orcas during the winter. credit: NOAA
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SEATTLE — Biologists are gaining new information about the winter movements of endangered Puget Sound killer whales by tracking the daily activities of one orca.

Two weeks ago, scientists attached a satellite tag to a 21-year-old male orca named as Scoter.

Since then, they’ve watched as he sprinted more than 1,000 miles, traveling from the Seattle area to north of San Francisco before reversing course over the weekend and heading north.

The satellite tag is helping scientists better understand where endangered southern resident killer whales go during the winter.

The whale, known as K-25, is traveling with other members of his group. He was spotted near Crescent City, Calif., Tuesday morning.

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